Over 500 products now ZigBee-certified as Internet of Things nears

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that there are now more than 500 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, a 60% surge since August 2011.

The announcement comes on the heels of a report from ABI Research which found that ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40% of total shipments in 2012 and expected to grow to over 50% by 2015.

ZigBee wireless technology enables the creation of a network of wireless sensors that either require no power at all or can work for a decade or longer on a single battery, eliminating the hassle of frequent battery replacement.

The list of ZigBee-certified products represents products using seven ZigBee standards: ZigBee Building Automation, ZigBee Health Care, ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Input Device, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Remote Control, and ZigBee Smart Energy.

These seven standards are particularly applicable for network operators, service providers and utility companies that wish to easily connect a range of devices to a set-top box or router, creating a so-called “Internet of Things” – billions of devices that will be connected to the Web in the coming years for home automation, energy efficiency and environment management access control, security and health monitoring and care.

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